A good quality carpet is worth it. Not only does it create a homely feel, it makes a room feel warm and complete. As it can be quite a big investment, it’s understandable that you’d want to keep it in tip top condition. The issue is that even with the normal wear and tear, your carpet can soon become a shadow of its former self. So how do you keep it looking great and lasting longer? Here are 8 top tips….
Vacuum Vacuum Vacuum!
In an ideal world carpets should be vacuumed daily. This is to prevent any dirt or dust from settling deep into the fibres. However people lead busy lives, so at the very least, a carpet should be vacuumed once a week, but preferably two or three times a week.
Make good use of door mats
If you don’t feel comfortable about implementing a ‘shoes off‘ policy for visitors, then you might want to look at putting down a door mat. Did you know that a door mat can eradicate over 90% of any dirt/debris found on a person’s shoes before it gets trampled into your carpet? Try placing mats at all entrances and hallways and this should dramatically cut down the amount of debris that ends up on your prized carpet.
Putting up barriers
It might be well worth paying that little bit extra and having your carpet treated with a soil retardant spray. It acts like a barrier that slows the absorption process for spills, dirt, and debris. Because they remain on the surface longer and provided you act fast, any debris should be easily removed without causing damage to your carpet fibres.
Invest in rugs
Area rugs placed over your carpet not only add an extra layer of warmth, but also protect your carpet. However they do need to be removed and cleaned regularly. Important note: Before buying an area rug, check for colour-fastness as some dyes can leach and you wouldn’t want these staining your carpet.
Be like a vampire
Well not exactly, but if you want to keep your carpet from looking great, then protect it from prolonged periods of direct sunshine. Blinds, shades, and awnings act as good protection, or alternatively you can try rearranging your furniture on a regular basis
It’s all about the backing
A quality carpet should have a quality pad. A good pad gives far better resilience under foot but also protects your carpet from natural wear and tear.
To avoid what’s commonly known as pile crush, look to move heavy furniture often. Coasters intended for use with carpets can be distributed under the legs of tables and chairs to help prevent the crushing or flattening of the fibres and refrain from using furniture with rollers and casters, especially if you are going to move them around often.
Call In the pros!
Last but not least, it pays to have your carpet professionally cleaned at least once a year. Experienced carpet cleaning companies will have specialised equipment that will get your carpet deep down clean, not only keeping it looking and smelling fresh, but prolonging it’s life too.
So there you have it. 8 simple practices that you can put in place to keep your carpet in tip top condition for many years to come. To find out more about how to loo after your carpet or if you’re in need of a professional clean contact Carpet Cleaning Kings on 1300 7000 75 today for a free, no-obligation quote.